Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Jadon Sancho after Manchester United’s pre-season friendly against Queens Park Rangers.

United went down 4-2 in west London, as the hosts scored three goals in a 15-minute burst after half-time.

Speaking post-match, he said the England contingent would return in 10 days time. At his post-match press conference, he was asked directly about Sancho and gave the same answer.

“The English players and Fred, who went all the way to the final of the Copa America and the Euros – they needed a break. They’re back with us in about 10 days time.”

In a separate interview with Sky Sports, Solskjaer said that signing Sancho sends a message to the club’s fans.

“It’s a big statement. We’ve followed him for a long, long time. He’s a forward with creativity, flair and individual skills. He’s got years ahead of him.

“It shows the fans we mean business. We’ve got one of the best forwards in England for the next ten, 12 years.


“We’ve got Marcus [Rashford] who’s 23 and Mason [Greenwood] who’s a young lad so we’ve got an English core there. The forward line is looking really good.”

Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United - Pre-season Friendly
(Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

It had been reported that Sancho will be back at United on Sunday 1 August but it appears he might be back even later than that.

He could return in the midweek before United’s final pre-season game against Everton on Saturday 7 August.

He’d still hope to play in that final warmup game at Old Trafford, to get some minutes in his legs and some familiarity with his new teammates before the serious stuff starts a week later.

Sancho won’t get a full pre-season with his new teammates but he already knows a few of them from England duty, which should help him settle quickly.

Jadon Sancho to Manchester United: A timeline

  1. August 2017

    United expressed interest in signing Sancho from Manchester City. It proved too late as the winger pushed through a move to Borussia Dortmund

  2. October 2018

    Sancho’s performances for Dortmund saw United linked with a move again. The reports said a future move would cost £100 million.

  3. June 2019

    United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League ended any hopes of signing Sancho that summer. United signed Dan James instead.

  4. August-September 2020

    United refused to pay Dortmund’s £108 million asking price. The club ignored Dortmund’s deadline and the German club refused to negotiate.

  5. June-July 2021

    Dortmund finally accepted Sancho will leave. Negotiations were successful at last and the winger is a Manchester United player.

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